Web Design Essentials
Length: 210 Hours / 5 courses
Credential: Certificate of Achievement
The Web Design Essentials certificate provides an introduction to web design. This certificate program introduces students to web design principles and skills. Courses in this program introduce the study of mark-up languages, programming concepts, user-focused design, building web graphics, and designing visually appealing web sites.
This certificate is intended as a career enhancement for professionals in areas such as graphic design, marketing, and communications. It is also ideal for professionals in a corporate environment who need to understand the technical aspects of their company's web presence.
Graduates may continue their studies and apply course credits towards a post-secondary diploma in Computer Programmer or Interactive Web Design and Development.
Program Learning Outcomes
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
- create and edit web sites using the current version of HTML,
- apply information architecture principles to the web site design and development process,
- design and program web pages that interact with databases and/or web services.
Applicants must meet ONE of the following requirements to be eligible for admission to this program:
- OSS curriculum: OSSD or equivalent with Grade 12 English (C) or (U) (ENG4C, ENG4U)
- Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program with Communications
- Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
- Mature applicant with standing in the required courses and/or mature student testing that meets the minimum standards for admission
Applicants who are 19 years of age or over by the first day of classes, and who lack the academic entrance qualifications, may be considered for entrance to an appropriate post-secondary diploma or certificate program as mature applicants. Each applicant will be considered on an individual basis and acceptance will be determined by counseling, Communication Placement Assessment (CPA), previous post-secondary education and evaluation of experience. Some programs also have specific prerequisite requirements that must be met prior to admission. Mature applicants must meet all program specific prerequisites. Those applying as mature students and having no documentation of Grade 12 education must supply, if required, proof of age, such as a copy of an official birth certificate or driver's licence. Refer to Section 2.5 and 2.6 of the Academic Calendar for further details.
5 Mandatory Courses
To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester.
COMP1002 Web and Internet Fundamentals
COMP1006 Introduction to Web Programming
COMP1053 Information Architecture
COMP1054 Web Design
COMP2081 Advanced Web Design
COMP1002 Web and Internet Fundamentals 42.0 Hours
This course covers HTML, client-side scripting and design issues for the World Wide Web. Students will learn how to use HTML source tags, build websites, manage a website's directories, and publish a website. The creation of web pages that conform to web standards and that use cascading style sheets for presentation will be emphasized. Students will work in groups to build mock commercial, institutional, government or educational websites. More advanced topics, such as bandwidth, aesthetics, human- interface and future developments will also be covered.
COMP1006 Introduction to Web Programming 42.0 Hours
This course is designed to provide the student with foundational programming knowledge and skills for application development on the Internet. The student will learn about the Web as a development platform through the use of popular representative languages (such as PHP). The student will learn to plan, design, construct, and integrate basic server-side components of modern web applications including databases and scripts.
COMP1053 Information Architecture 42.0 Hours
This course builds the foundation for understanding the core principles of information architecture as they apply to the design of web sites, applications, and interfaces. Students learn to analyze the needs of clients through user research, content audit and organization, task analysis, documenting organizational structures, and producing interface prototypes. Students assemble proposals that balance business or organizational needs, content categories and characteristics, and end-user requirements.
COMP1054 Web Design 42.0 Hours
Design principles meet web standards and aesthetic challenges in this user interface and design course. Topics covered include HTML and CSS page layout techniques, navigation, colour, image optimization, typography, forms, embedded media interfaces, and, mobile and touch-screen browsing platforms. Fundamentals of the design process are explored including the creation of layouts and content for the web, styled with CSS. C- COMP1002 Web and Internet Fundamentals
COMP2081 Advanced Web Design 42.0 Hours
Building on foundational web design techniques and considerations, this course explores more advanced methods for building aesthetically pleasing, user-friendly, functional web sites. Students are encouraged to explore advanced techniques and technologies.